Trinity to take part in national study

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced Monday that the University of Iowa has been selected as one of three recipients of grants to evaluate the impact on patient health by the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into existing patient-centered care teams, such as patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.

In the ACO model, hospitals, physicians and other members of the health care delivery system collaborate to improve quality and reduce cost of care.

“The impact of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies on patient outcomes has yet to be analyzed in a meaningful way in these models. As a result, patients may not be receiving medication adherence interventions or medication therapy management,” said Kathleen Jaeger, president of the NACDS Foundation.

“The research we are implementing will create a meaningful link between community pharmacists and physicians in the Trinity Pioneer ACO that we hope will improve the health outcomes of Iowans through more coordinated care,” said lead researcher Dr. William Doucette, professor and head, division of health services research, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. “When health care providers work as a team, patients benefit and costs decrease, and that is exactly what we aim to see in this study.”

The University of Iowa will partner with Trinity Pioneer ACO, which includes Trimark Physicians Group, Trinity Regional Medical Center, Berryhill Center for Mental Health and Iowa Health Home Care, OutcomesMTM, the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and 25 community pharmacies to analyze the impact of integrating community pharmacy and advanced medication management strategies within an existing Pioneer ACO in central Iowa. Trinity Pioneer ACO serves approximately 7,700 Medicare beneficiaries. The project will operate for two years across eight counties in Iowa.